The authorities in Libya have uncovered 42 unidentified bodies in a mass grave in the city of Sirte, which is located on the northern coast. The General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons issued a statement on Sunday saying that it had received a report from the office of the local prosecutor on a mass grave found in the Ibn Khaldoun School in the Jiza al-Bahriya area. In the statement, the authority said that they were looking into what happened when the grave was found.
It was said that during the course of two weeks of work at the school, 42 unidentified bodies were excavated. According to the statement, the victims were brought to a hospital so that samples could be gathered from the bones before being buried later. According to the same source, “samples of the bones were taken with the help of the forensics office” so that DNA tests could be done on the bones.
After mounting a ferocious defense of the city for a number of months through the use of urban guerrilla tactics, the radical jihadists were ultimately destroyed by forces supporting the government in late 2016. It is thought that the bodies belonged to victims of the terrorist organization Daesh/ISIS, who held control of the city for more than a year, beginning in August 2015 and ending in December 2016.
The graves of many people are frequently found in war-torn Libya, particularly in the city of Tarhuna, which was formerly a bastion for the warlord Khalifa Haftar. Late in the month of August, the courtyard of a hospital in Sirte was the location of the discovery of two mass graves with a total of seven and eight bodies, respectively.
Government sources in Libya say that between April 2019 and June 2020, genocide and war crimes were committed by Haftar’s forces and other militias that worked with them.
After an uprising that was backed by NATO overthrew and killed Gadhafi in 2011, Libya was thrown into chaos as a consequence. Over the course of several years, the nation has been divided between two opposing administrations, each of which receives support from renegade militias and governments from other countries. In the most recent few months, there has been a rise in the number of violent conflicts involving militias.
After Libya was unable to organize elections the previous year, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah of Libya has steadfastly refused to stand down from his position. His adversary, Prime Minister Fathy Bashagha, now runs his government from the city of Benghazi, which is located in the eastern part of the country, after his attempts to place his government in the capital city were unsuccessful.